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lij f n nun m +**+*+** DEMOCRATIC EDITORS CONDEMN THEIR OWN PARTY-READ WHAT THEY SAY > ON THIS PAGE Wetzel Democrat Wants Law Passed against Wat- . . - sonism. If the recommendations of the leg islature graft committee of that ^tate aro followed, New York will before long have a law which should effectually put an end for all time to bribery and like evils employed in influencing legislation. One of the provisions of the proposed law makoo the man who is offered a bribe and fails to aoe that the briber is prose cuted, guilty of a felony, and im poses upon him a fine of $5,000, to gether with imprisonment in the penitentiary. Not only this, but threats on the part of the political bosses to bring to a sudden end the political careers of legislators who do not legislate to suit the bosses, are construed as attempts to unduly influence, and the legislators must report them. Since the legislature of West Vir-j ginia has so recently been stirred by( allegations of undue influence sought to be brought to bear in be half of the candidates for the United States Senate, now would be a very propitious time for the introduction of such a bill at Charleston. To cover a case like that which is al leged to have recently occurred in West Virginia, in which Delegate Shock averred that he was given $1,000, and offered $ 1 , T? 0 0 more it he would vote for Watson and Chil ton, it might be well to insert a pro vision making it a penalty for a man to take a bribe, inform on the bribers, and then turn around and vote for the very men in whose be half the bribers were seeking to in fluence him. ? Wetzel Democrat, February 3, 1911. CONTEMPT FOR LEGISLATURE. We are asked by a prominent Denl oerat a few days ago why we liad not published more editorials on the elec tion. of U. S. Senators. Our answer to him, and it stands for all others who may think of a-sking that ques tion was: That, our contempt for the Democratic legislators who made it possible l'or the Watsou-Cliiltc^l combination to go through against the wishes of 9'J per cent of the Dem ocratic voters of the State, was so great that he .had not been able to find language to express our feelings. I But we are confident that we wil! gather up i proper vocabulary later. ? Pan-Handle News, Feb. 10, 1911. THE FIGHT C*OES ON. A hundred thousand of the rank and file Democrats in this state arc hon est and loyal to the precepts of their party. The obvious lesson to them is a stricter watchfulness in the se lection of their representatives. That they now have honest men in the leg islature is indisputable, but unfor tunately there arc not enough of them. The fight, between predatory wealth on one side and the people on the other, must go on and be fought to an ultimate decision and we be lieve the people will eventually win. ? AVest. Union Record, Feb. 17, 1911. -y HON. HOWARD SUTHERLAND, Of Randolph County. Pnr>i||fic Candidate on the Republicaif ticket for the office of ; i C o n g i e s s m a n - a t - L a r se , 1 i MORE PARTY TREACHERY "AND DISRUPTION Democrat Points Out Other Be trayals of the People by His Party's Legislature. For years the Democratic party has. formally declared itself in favor of a Federal income tax. ;This pledge has been reiterated by every national convention which has assembled with in the last sixteen years. The Dem ocratic national platform of 1908 con tained this plank: "We favor an income tax as part of our revenue system, and we urge the submission of a constitutional amend ment specifically authorizing Con gress to levy and collcct a tax upon individual and corporate incomes to the end that wealth may bear its pro portionate share of the burdens of the Federal Government." 1 And yet the constitutional amend ment providing for a Federal income tax submitted two years ago by Con gress has been rejected by the Leg islature of West Virginia, the State Senate defeating the proposition last week by a vote of JL-* yeas to 17 nays. | Of the seventeen negative votes, ten , were cast by men elected as Deino ( crats. ! Again: The Democratic State plat form of J 'JOS adopted by the Demo cratic party of West Virginia in con vention asembled at Charleston, con tained this plank: "We favor the enactment of a law requiring common carriers engaged in passenger traffic to furnish separate coaches or compartments for white and colored passengers." And yet the West Virginia House of Delegates, having ii Democratic ma jority of 40, last week defeated the bill providing for separate cars or compartments for white and colored passengers by a vote of 29 yeas to 4.", nays. > "Whatever the views of the individ ual, when lie accepts the responsibil ities of the party representatives the chart by which he should steer his course is unquestionably the party platform. If the party's pledges aro to be grossly violated, how is it to maintan the cohesive qualities of a political organization or command public confidence? The result in both the instances named above are traceable to the in fluences which acquired mastery at the Senatorial caucus last month and are controlling the destinies of the party. In the case of the income tax it was ex-Go v. MacCorkle, now a member of the State Senate and law partner of Senator Win, B. Chilton, who led the successful fight against that measure, while Delegates' Carr of Charleston, and Seibert of Martins burg (both spokes of the same ma chine) were most acflvc in (he kill ing of the bill for separate cars for the races. The names of those whV) have either mistakenly or wilfully played the part of disrupters may be found on THE WATCHMAN^ tirst and sixth pages. ICvery intelligent reader can infer the real interests which, behind the scenes, exerted the controlling in fluence. Certainly the corporations are in the saddle. ? The Monroe Watchman, Feb. 2.', I, 1011. f ?\ it ?mmml < ^ A* ^ ???! Tw'ssarws'wjw ipif ** .V m i m ?< 1 1? luiiO^jjjM B23FOK3r^ ' ?W lllfe .-:??? '? /V > ~V ^ ?<x:x <5-X"? s*isfc} m Hi ??fi ?.;.?< " x,-*# Ricrht] iiYou " Are, ?n?i,N9iA rz an ^Pemberton ^ " (J ' - . For two years Clarence W .Watson, may be a good Senator, and his, friends at the end of that time may be able to point their lingers1 at ns antf say they knew Ave were mistaken. Hut we are going to keep in mind, the fact that corporate interests are sometimes wiling to give in order that they may be in ppsition to take a| great deal. ' The supreme test may not oefcur in the next two years. ? St. Mary's Oracle. 0, CONSISTENCY! Democrats in the legislature who ! voted for Watson for United States I Senator present a most ridiculous spectacle in passing a resolution in I favor of the election of United States Senators by a direct vote of the peo ple. They do this after electing a man to that oflice who could not without money and corporation influence mus ter a corporaL's guard in any county in the state in, a popular election. Their action goes to show that they have already repudiated their own, action and are trying to atone for it.. That there was. no popuJar sentiment for Watson is now more apparent than ever since the people and the press ' have so bitterly denounced his elec tion by the" legislature. So outspoken have the people been, there is not a single member of the legislature who voted for him who will feel e^isy over the matter when ho returns home to his constituents. ? West Union Itecord Feb. IT, 1911. LISTEN TO THE VOCE OF THE PEOPLE But Bosses and Boodle Haven't Ears tor Honest Counsel. Tliat Clarence Watson has been serving the "interests" there is 110 doubt. lie was a Democrat" in his younger (lays, but in 189 6 he and his associates in business deserted the party in its hour of need and went over to the strong side and helped to throw this state to McKinley. lie! I did nothing for tho Democratic)! party since until 1008 when he was sent as a delegate to t lie national J convention, a thing the party shouldL not have done and will yet have to j answer for. Tie took no further in terest in the party that campaign. Now he wants to be elected United ( States senator, after doing all bejj }ould to have the party defeated and ' politics controlled by the "interests" j v :>f the kind he represents. No won-|* Jer Democrats everywhere are,' :hreatcning revolt if Watson is;i elected senator over men who havc|| tjeen loyal and true to the party when she needed just such help aS( VIr. Watson and his friends could j ?ive, but gave it to the Republican! mrty. Watson's friends say we t nust do this in order to save the. \ itate for the party in two years! fl lence. Hetter let it go, if it must; >e held at such a frightful cost as, his. The progressive voters of this. :t.ate are not going to stand for any I. uch action, and legislators who j C lirectly against the will of ihe ranK mri file and commit* such a j. :rime against the people will noT XA . ' I illowed to light when they get backi" lome to their constituents. Mark 1 veil this prediction. ? The West $ "nion Record, February 1911. 1 rj "West Virginas two Knifed States 1 * enators can not prove more accept- ; ^ ble to the people of the state than J hey are expected to be, that's sure.? ? "he West T'nioti Record, Feb 1911. 1 Aroused^Voice % 1 ? * ! la 5 ? * 8 * ?* *l\?' NOW HAS ITS FIRST AND ONLY CHANCE TO BE HEARD AND HEEDED? VOTE THE REPUBLICAN TICKET NOVEMBER 5TH. Of Democracy (FROM THE MONROE WATCHMAN). The editor of THE WATCHMAN has recently been made the recipient of a number of letters from some of the most emi nent men in West Virginia giving voluntary and hearty endorse ment to this paper's attitude in relation to the treasonable sacri fice of the Democratic party at Charleston and the venal influ ences employed to effect it. That THE WATCHMAN is ap j proved is of far less importance than this demonstration of an aroused public sentiment which repudiates what has been shamelessly done in the name of the party. Voiced as it is by men of the highest integrity who are themselves influential molders of public opinion and in close touch with the people, it betokens a situation of the gravest character. These are pri vate letters and we are therefore not at liberty to print the names of the writers, but will venture to quote from a few of thorn them. .... ,.v .h!s-i A Democrat of Clarksburg says: \ H\ 4-~ 1 ' ' _ _ ? - - - % w W iA J VI ? ^ "I want to congratulate you on the editorial in your issue of January 26, on the Senatorial situation, and to express my approval of and concurrence in what you say therein. In my judgment it is a great party catastrophe; and I am glad to see the independent and unpurchased press speaking out about it. How can we defend this action, and what apology can we offer to the people for the non-performance of the promises made to them?" A Democrat of Alderson writes as follows: "I am free to admit that the reported methods and out come of the Senatorial r&ce has completely paralyzed my confi dence in a political representative body, and only goes to con firm the present public demand that our Senators be elected by the people. I believe I am not wrong when. I say that the dis appointment to the constituents of our Legislators as to their action in this contest will be a great blow to the party, if not its death. Why shouldn't we have Socialism and even anarchy when the public confidence is so badly shaken by those we elect ed to deal fairly with the people and who sell their political birthright for a mess of pottage? The people by their votes in the last election showed plainly the dissatisfied state of the pub lic mind with the course pursued by the Republican administra tion, and naturally looked for an improvement from the present Legislature; and for that body to turn so completely into the hands of the moneyed interests as to even take the 'filthy lucre' in compensation for their votes is more than honest people will stand for." A Charles Town (Jefferson count) Democrat says: "Your paper is splendid. I am terribly busy but write a word of approval. See Collier's on Chilton and Watson." A Hinton Democrat writes: "I have read and heard a good deal about corruption in connection with the election of U. S. Senators, but had I not leen on the ground at Charleston and seen and heard for my self, I never would have appreciated the extent of the iniguity )ommitted in that connection * * * * If any honest man ?ver bad any doubt about the necessity for the election of U. S. Senators by the direct vote of the people, then these results and he manner in which they were secured should be everlastingly >onvincing." From Beckley a Democrat writes^as follows: "As a loyal Democrat and one w'ho believes in the rule of j he whole people I wish to thank you for the position THE J ?VAT CH MAN has taken. I appreciate your stand and that of: dr. Dennis in the Greenbrier lndependenL?'<A A Democrat writing from Bluefield says? "I am with you. God send the day when honest men can: >e honestly represented and maintain their rights against pre fatory wealth and power." There are others, but these will suffice. The list of writers ; icludes some or the ablest and most distinguished Democrats! i the State whose names wouid be instantlv recognized as: hose of men of commanding position and influence. Does the; droit leadership which has suooressed the demanded invests- 1 lation at Charleston feel safe in ignoring the state of feeling ; hese writers disclose? Doubtless. Let its private organ, the, layette, include them in its reproof for "scolding," and thus: close the incident." Money is the dominant factor in politics -nothing else counts. Should we care to behold the reputation West Virginia has1 ? ? made in other States, a glimpse is afforded in the following let ter from a citizen of this State, a cultured scholar and teacher, now located at Meridian, Texas, who last week wrote THE WATCHMAN as follows: "I have just read an article from your paper in Mr. Bryan's Commoner about the election of Clarence Watson Ho the United States Senate. I am indeed surprised to know that there is ONE honest, courageous Democratic newspaper in West Vir ginia ? a paper whose columns are not controlled by the big interests ? a paper that is not afraid to tell the truth. "Do for God's sake send me a sample copy. I am truly . anxious to see such a paper as yours from such a boss-ridden, commercialized State as West Virginia. "I am a native and a citizen of West Virginia, but I utterly abhor the political ideals of her people. The Democrats in West Virginia are just as corrupt as the Republicans. The people of that State have not yet gotten in line with the great movement for political and civil righteousness which has spread over many parts of the United States. They are too busy digging coal, cutting down the forests!, boring for oil ? too busy exhausting the natural resources and destroyinf the beautiful scenery of the State to take time for considering moral and ethical prob lems." ? The Monroe Watchman. Feb. 23, 1911. WIT "REAL" PROBE INSERTED But, Alas and Alack, This Dem ocratic Advice Was Tabooed. Taking the present status of the status of the bribery charges in con nection with the election of West Virginia's United States Senators from published reports, it is hard, in the face of calm reasoning, to believe that much progress can be made or satisfactory results attained by mak ing a hasty investigation such as ad vised from certain quarters. While it might be believed that the charges arfc through to a certain degree, the production of proof sufficient to cause the investigation to arrive at and announce such a conclusion is another matter. Sufficient. time should be taken to colleet every vestige of evidence, and the matter should be of public record, so that the people may be able to weigh the facts and reason the case for themselves. A hasty investigation would mean prob ably, a "white washing, '' of the charges, because of insufficient or poorly prepared evdience. +\o "white washing," in the political sense, is desired by the rank and1 tile of the Democratic party. Either a full and complete exoneration, after an ex haustive and deliberate investigation, with the proceedings a matter of pub lic record, or a substantiation of the charges, is demanded, both by the people, the honor of tli^' State, and in simple justice to those accused. The Democratic party is big enough and broad enough to do its own house cleaning, when necessary, but delib eration, not haste is required for a thorough job. ? Weston Democrat, February 10, JDll. doitM This is the Time to Punish the Bribers. The Charleston Gazette, Senator Chilton's personal organ, after one attempt to criticize and frighten the "kicking" Democratic press, which has been challenged to combat by a dozen and has beaten a retreat, ask? when all this will stop. We answer not until right is made right, unfeil Democracy's mis-representatives are supplanted by true unpurchasatole representatives of our votes. ? St Mary's Oracle, March 31, 1911. ? IftfS THEWfEl! Everybody Now Knows and Should Give Their Answer at the Polls. Can it be possible that the state senate will fail to pass the House resolution calling for the investiga tion of the charges of bribery and corruption with the nomination of Messrs. Chilton and Watson? The resolution has been before the Sen ate for fully a week, it has been called once or twice and passed by. What does it mean? Can Messrs. Chilton and Watson afford to allow this investigation to go Dy after All they said in their speeches at the time elected and after all Governor MacCorkle said about his desire for a speedy and thorough investiga-' tion? ? Can it be that after that has been said the investigation in. fact is not desired ? ? Greenbrier Independent, February 9, 1911. [HE PRICE ' It is stated that Senator Robert Kidd, former friend of Col. Mc/Graw, is to be counsel for the Consolidation Coal Company, the next, five years. Retention of Senator Kidd's services as such is said to have taken place in Charleston a few (lays previous to the Democratic senatorial caucus. ? Webster Echo, February 17, 1911 Will not some one start a petition lo the U. S. Senate to investigate the charges of bribery against Watson? ? West Union Record, Feb. 17, 1911. The United States Senate should in vestigate the bribery charges against Senator Watson and commence right now. ? West Union Record, Feb. 17, 191 1. HON. EDWARD L. LONG, of McDowell County. V.ndifhlc on the Republican ticket for the position of State Treasurer.